If you are looking for a natural treatment for Buerger’s disease, keep reading to discover the healing powers of Soap Lake.
Buerger’s disease is a rare autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the arteries and veins in the arms and legs. Blood vessels swell and can become blocked with blood clots. This slowly destroys and damages the skin tissues and can lead to gangrene and infection. The first symptoms appear in the hands and feet, which then can expand to affect larger areas of the arms and legs.
Men ages 20 to 40 that smoke cigarettes are most likely to develop this disease. Smoking can trigger an autoimmune response that causes the immune system to produce antibodies that attack the body’s own tissues. The main treatment is to quit all forms of tobacco. The end stage treatment is amputation of a part of the affected limb.
Symptoms of reduced blood supply to the arms or legs develop slowly. It start at the fingertips or toes and progress up the arms or legs, which can eventually cause gangrene. Those with the disease may feel numbness, coldness, tingling and/or burning before any other signs of the disease. Further, patients often experience muscle cramps in the arches of their feet or legs.
Before the discovery of penicillin and sulfa drugs, Americans relied on untold potions, home-brewed concoctions, and magic make-you-better elixirs. Early in the 20th century, homegrown remedies were the only medicines Americans had, unless they could take a cure at a natural spa. This was the time when spas at Saratoga Springs, New York, White Sulphur West Virginia, and Hot Springs, Arkansas flourished.
Located in Eastern Washington State, Soap Lake was one of the most well-known mineral spas in the West. The town’s story begins in 1905 when Soap Lake’s first sanitarium was built. A sanitarium was a place that provided care for the sick or recovering. They were almost always located near a mineral spring.
Travelers from all over the country flocked to Soap Lake to find relief from circulatory problems, eczema, liver and kidney disease, arthritis, psoriasis, and Buerger’s disease. The high natural mineral count (20 minerals in total) and its high alkaline makes Soap Lake a haven for those afflicted with the aforementioned ailments mentioned.
Soap Lake’s mineral waters are beneficial for those with Buerger’s disease because when you soak in mineral water, your skin soaks in these minerals and your hydrostatic pressure rises. As this process continues, circulation and oxygen flow increases. Further, soaking in mineral water can effectively improve pain, stimulate the immune system, and relax muscles.
When word got around in Veteran’s publications that Soap Lake offered a cure for the disease, veterans arrived from all over the country. In 1932, the Federal Government granted $15,000 on the study of Soap Lake water on the treatment of Buerger’s Disease. And through the tireless efforts of Buerger’s victim, Earl McKay, the State of Washington appropriated $100,000 to build a Veteran’s Hospital in Soap Lake for the research and treatment of Buerger’s disease.
Today, Soap Lake’s famous mineral waters still attract visitors from around the world. Take a visit to the lake and you will find patrons bathing in the water, lounging on its shores, and using its mineral-rich mud for DIY spa treatments.
So, if you are in need of a natural treatment for Buerger’s disease, we encourage you to visit Soap Lake. While there, we recommend staying at Soap Lake Natural Spa & Resort. A majority of their rooms, suites, and cabins have in-room jetted tubs that pump the lake’s water directly to your room. This way you can reap the lake’s benefits no matter the time of year. To learn more about Soap Lake’s benefits, click here. To reserve your stay at Soap Lake Natural Spa & Resort, please call (509) 246-0462.